Oh the sweetness of nostalgia and the memories of Christmas past . This is from Reilly’s first Christmas and this year is her 21st Christmas . Twenty years ago ! How did that happen ? Is it just me or is life moving very fast ? I try to remember to slow it down when I can , to fully step into the moment with gratitude and appreciation and to learn from it all ....the sunshine and the shadows . All praise and glory to God for all his blessings . I am grateful to Him for giving me Reilly . She is such a wonderful daughter and she brings such joy to my grateful heart ❤️ 💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️#motherdaughter#gratitude#grateful#christmasmemories#timepassing#dolly#thankyougod#liveandlearn#blessings#myfirstChristmas
There’s a reason I am developing an interest in traveling to remote corners of the world. I actually have a secret list of places that I want to visit, obviously with a companion who shares my curiosity for the lesser known and the ‘unseen’ on Instagram, along with the journey hopefully she gets lost into my soul. Mostly I don’t like touristy places and crowds, that’s why you’ll never see me at concerts or music festivals either.
Why am I like this? I prefer getting away from the regular world, to places with no internet and no Facebook, to places where marriages still flourish instead of collapsing apart, to places where when I talk to children they actually have curiosity in their eyes, and they want me to play with their clay toys or play hide n seek with them, not show them my smartphone.
There are billions of universes around us. Each persons mind, if you look deep enough into the smile of this man, the crinkles around his eyes, you’ll notice that he has a whole universe inside his head. He’s the centre of that universe, everything he has learnt or seen in the world has his own unique perspective to it.
Those are the universes I like to infiltrate, penetrate, and leave a mark on when I depart. Those are universes which are lesser corrupted from the evils of today. Those are the universes where the laws of nature still exist, man and woman are separate and beautiful in their own domains, bravery and chivalry exists in men, elegance and beauty in women.
Sometimes I get sad thinking about the shit world we live in, how humanity might have regressed rather than progressed, how we are definitely not as intelligent and superior as we deem ourselves to be. Sorry about the rant, just thoughts that poured out of my head into my fingers as I look at this mans face. Does anything come into your head when you look at him?
People are always saying “Step out of your comfort zone”, “do something you don’t normally do, because you might learn something.” So today I did that. I ran...a lot. The people who say the things above are absolutely right. I learned for the 100th time that i don’t run a lot because I don’t enjoy it all that much. And that my friends..is okay 👌. #liveandlearn#runnersofinstagram
Cheers to myself for learning and growing along the way. I am so much stronger than I was even 2 years ago. I will never let anyone mistake my kindness for weakness again. When I feel like my rights are being stepped all over, I will speak up rather than sit back and complain that it is happening. I hate how soft I used to be and how I allowed people to disrespect myself and my family but I will never let it happen again and that's all that matters.
It seriously kills me when I open social media and see another young person take there own life. It’s hurts my heart deep, because I was someone who felt like them at one point. I know how it feels to feel completely alone and push everyone away. I am the person who has a fucked up past. I used to be a real big shitty person. From drinking to doing drugs. Being unstable mentally. Treating people like shit at a young age. Never growing up. Leading my life down a destructive path. I didn’t care about myself. I didn’t care about anyone really. I was selfish. I tried committing suicide 2 times to be exact. I self harmed for years, but trying to take my own life it happened two times. 1 by over dosing on prescription medication and the 2nd time by self harming. Don’t get me wrong. I had self harmed for many years, but truly wanting to die is a different story. I’ve had tons of stitches, doctors appointments, and counseling. I have been treated for anxiety and depression. Medicated like crazy for a long time. But let me tell you something. There is help out there. There are people that Care, and there is a god that loves you. He has brought me through every difficult thing i have encountered in my life and i truly believe i am at my best right now. I try to do everything that i can for people and make myself a better person. Self harm is real. Making people feel like shit is not funny. Owning up to your mistakes is huge! I am now about to graduate with a degree. I am stable. I love my life and i refuse to let anyone define me by my past or my scars! I let my past go when i got all my scars covered with tattoos. That’s the day i knew i was healed. I knew i would no longer live my past!#lifeisrough#liveandlearn#noregrets#justlessonslearned#owningmypast#Ihaveabrightfuture
The highs and lows of this process are amazing. I feel great, strong, and confident one minute. I feel helpless, sad, and heartbroken the next. I’ve been advised by many of you to ride the waves and not shy away from the feelings. I know it will get better, but it’s not better yet. I’m determined to feel, live, and learn as I endure this. One day, I want to be able to help someone else endure as well. I have no choice but to keep going. So guess what? I’m going to keep going. Happy Tuesday friends. ❤️ #divorcedNOTdefeated
If you ever aren't sure if you attended the very best party or bought the very best computer, just settle for good enough. People who do this are called satisficers, and they're consistently happier, he's found, than are maximizers, people who feel that they must choose the very best possible option. Maximizers earn more,�Schwartz has found, but they're also less satisfied with their jobs. In fact, they're more likely to be clinically depressed in general. Enough is often what you're looking for!
One thing we're talking about this week in my Ditch the Diet (RE)Focus Group, actually, is diets. 🤷🏽♀️ #whoknew
Paleo, Keto, High-Protein, Intermittent Fasting, Macro Counting, Calorie Counting, you name it...I can't even think of all the things.
But all of those were "published" by someone who realized that eating in that fashion worked for THEM and brought health to THEIR body. Maybe it worked for Betty Jo, too. Cool! But guess what?
You're not them. I'm not them. For me, following any one of those plans perfectly or strictly would not be good and, trust me, I've tried all of those I mentioned. #liveandlearn I'm saying this in the most loving way possible... but what does work for others honestly makes no difference to you because your body is different & unique. .
Can you pull "ideas" and "principals" from all of those things? Heck yes. But when foods become off limits, that a no go. Or you're made to believe a whole food (example: a sweet potato) is "bad" because of a specific nutrient quality it possesses so you're encouraged to not eat it and instead eat something from a package or deprive yourself of that NUTRIENT... Heck to the no. That's a diet and we gotta stop.
Obviously my group is getting some more info but I just felt like I should share a little piece. Think you might be struggling with your outlook on food? Or even exercise? Dieting traps? Then let's chat, friend. <3
I have or have had many* moments and/or chapters in my life (especially as I grow older) in which I gain some clarity as to how I’ve been living—through the series choices I have made, throughout the entirety of my adulthood—that may just be out of alignment and even in direct contradiction with... the life I want to live.
Questions I wished I would have asked my 22 year old self❓❓❓
- How do you envision a M-F day/week looking like? (i.e. what do you want to fill your days doing?)
- How do you envision your free time looking like (i.e. activity level, access to nature, access to cultural resources, access to diverse perspectives, etc)
- Does stuff (i.e. cute outfits, a pretty home, cool car) matter more, or less to you than experience and credentials (i.e. travel, concerts, degrees/awards/notoriety) in terms of how you spend your time?
- Does it mean more to you to have deep, meaningful & intimate relationships... or a large community and following and full social calendar?
- Is it important to you to be heard and seen, just seen, just heard... or none of these things?
- Can you understand (and do you want to embrace) the complexity of making you own mold, rather than fitting into one?
- Can you understand that how you prioritize the above questions will effect where you arrive 5, 10, 15, 20 years into the future (including your savings, what you own, what you’ve experienced, who you know)
- What are you willing to compromise on so other things can be prioritized according to what you value most, based on the above?
- Are you okay with not being rich and famous, if it means you can afford yourself contentedness and balance based on what and how you prioritize the above?
@Peter.Barbor is fearless when it comes to experimenting with clay. His complex and original work commands your attention and we're grateful to have him with us as an Artist-in-Residence. Check out our full interview with Peter and pictures of his process by clicking the link in our bio for more info.
Opps forgot to post this 😅 Here’s just a lil behind the scenes snippet @ronaldkjones @rkjdesigns . Full video on my ZeKing Facebook page !